#UnidosConMiddleton

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Raised by 29 people in 2 months
Created November 4, 2018
On October 31, 2018, more than half of the teachers from Middleton Heights Elementary School participated in a racist costume event.  14 educators represented Middleton Heights Elementary School in costume as Mexicans, the Statue of Liberty and The US Mexico Border Wall for Halloween.  This included the mascot of the school holding up the end piece of the wall. 

Middleton Heights Elementary is home to 607 students with 12.9% representing the Latinx community.

In a time when Mexicans and immigrants of color are demonized and denied at our border and within much of our country, we must do what we can to ensure our youngest citizens are protected from the hate and otherism that is prevalent today.

There are many ways to highlight our similarities, and telling our stories is the most powerful.  We have chosen to promote equity by bringing those lesser-told stories to the forefront.

By doing so we hope to encourage connection between all students at Middleton Heights Elementary School, staff, parents and the entire community at large. 

All funds collected will go towards purchasing diverse children's literature to encourage multiple perspectives to be represented at Middleton Heights Elementary School.


UPDATE

November 7th, all 14 educators were reinstated in their positions. The Middleton School District and educators issued statements to the effect "they would like to use this as a starting point to grow."  

While we may not agree with the district's choice to reinstate the teachers and aides we do believe growth and change are necessary and possible. 

We are more determined than ever to move forward and reach these children.  All of these children. 
 
Please help us and spread the word.  #UnidosConMiddleton

Thank you so very much, 

Jen Hopkins and Moki Barragan Cajigal

https://www.idahostatesman.com/latest-news/article221321860.html
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Update 2
Posted by Jennifer Bunyea Hopkins
1 month ago
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We are proud to announce we are officially partnering with 20 amazing Latinx authors. Shortly after the news at Middleton Heights, a group of authors came together and penned this open letter to the community:

Superintendent of Schools
Middleton School District
5 South Viking Avenue
Middleton, ID 83644

November 5, 2018

Dear Superintendent,

We are a group of award-winning Latinx children’s and young adult authors. We are writing to you to express our love and concern for the children of Middleton Heights Elementary School. While we are disheartened and dismayed by the decision of staff to wear offensive and racist Halloween costumes, we are also writing to extend a generous offer, an offer of compassion that we hope you will see it in your heart to accept.

Children, their welfare, their education, and the shaping of the world, is our business. Many of us are or were educators in addition to being authors for children and young adults. To hear that the children at Middleton Heights Elementary School were subjected to this offensive behavior by the very people they trust and look to for education and guidance was beyond disappointing. And we feel such a drastic offence requires drastic measures to remedy.

While your teachers should know better, their actions show they do not. While we question their intentions at wearing such, in your words, “clearly insensitive and inappropriate” costumes, we are willing to accept your conclusion that they had no “malicious intent.” However, their poor decisions also clearly embraced close-minded and hateful thinking. And worse, modeled it for young impressionable minds.

All of your students deserve better than this. We are sure this was painful and confusing for many of them, and especially for Latinx students. Not only are they subjected to this kind of thinking outside of their school, but now within their school too, a place where they should feel secure and loved. Not excluded.

We take you at your word that you would like to learn from this and change. In that spirit, we would like to help you.

We are extending an offer to visit your school. We would like to talk to your students and staff about the richness of our culture. To show a positive and realistic representation of the very people this costume depicts as one-dimensional beings and implies should be kept out. To show that there is no danger in opening our hearts and minds to ALL people and displaying empathy and love to all mankind.

To this end, we propose a school visit where we will:

Give a presentation to a general assembly where we will give motivational speeches to inspire students to accept, love, and respect each other as we build community in our country.
Read excerpts from our books—books which we created to help children understand and treat others with love and compassion.
Speak to and support your faculty and staff in a meet and greet apart from the general assembly.
Bring and donate books by Latinx authors to enhance your classroom and school libraries.
We implore you to take us up on our offer. We are eager to visit your school and hope you will welcome us.

Most sincerely,

Jenny Torres Sanchez
Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Angela Cervantes
Reyna Grande
Erika L. Sanchez
David Bowles
Diana Lopez
Carmen Tafolla
Jennifer Cervantes
Isabel Quintero
Lulu Delacre
Yamile Mendez
Christina Diaz Gonzalez
Xelena Gonzalez
Lilliam Rivera
Lidia Gil
Pablo Cartaya
Celia Perez
Meg Medina
Aida Salazar
Hilda Burgos
Emma Otheguy
Anna Meriano
Debbie Reed Fischer
Julissa Arce
Full Circle Literary Agency

Together, we are offering books & author visits to Middleton to foster empathy & understanding. Together we are stronger! Please join us now.
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Update 1
Posted by Moki and Jen Cajigal
1 month ago
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We are so excited and proud to announce that we have joined forces with an entire team of award-winning Latinx children's and young adult authors to raise awareness and money for the children at Middleton Heights Elementary School!!! Together we are stronger! Please join us now.

Jenny Torres Sanchez

Guadalupe Garcia McCall

Angela Cervantes

Reyna Grande

Erika L. Sanchez

David Bowles

Diana Lopez

Carmen Tafolla

Jennifer Cervantes

Isabel Quintero

Lulu Delacre

Yamile Mendez

Christina Diaz Gonzalez

Xelena Gonzalez

Lilliam Rivera

Lidia Gil

Pablo Cartaya

Celia Perez

Meg Medina

Aida Salazar

Hilda Burgos

Emma Otheguy

Anna Meriano

Debbie Reed Fischer

Julissa Arce

Full Circle Literary Agency
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